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Thor #341
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July 29th, 2013 by Rusty

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Thor #341 cover

Thor #341

Date: March 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Hammer Strikes” letters page
Story & Art: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: John Workman, Jr., George Roussos
Notable Notes: Thor battles an ancient dragon!

Godzilla in Marvel’s Manhattan?

I used to love to watch the Godzilla movies when I was a kid. Yes they were kind of hokey, and I got great pleasure from making fun of the bad English dubbing – but there was something undeniably cool about the monster itself! That strange scream, its fire/electric breath and the way it stomped on Japanese cities were proof that Godzilla was different than your average dragon. Anyway, this issue reminded me of those old movies… well, except for the dubbing part.

Synopsis:

At the end of last issue we saw some sort of creature crawling up from the depths of the sea. This issue begins as Lorelei comes to Midgard looking for that very monster. She finds it in an old, abandoned subway station and as she tries to use her persuasive powers on it the tables get turned and it enchants her! Ha – take that you wily woman! Anyway, the dragon forces her to put herself in danger by dangling high above a construction site. This is where Thor comes in. See, he has returned to Earth too, and now that he can’t become Donald Blake anymore he has Nick Fury whip up a new civilian identity for him: Sigurd Jarlson. (The funniest part of the book is when Nick tells Thor to put on some eye glasses, because that worked for “that other guy.” Then Thor opens the door and bumps into Clark Kent and Lois Lane! Ha – nice touch!) Anyway, Sigurd is conveniently applying for a construction job when he sees the damsel in distress and goes to rescue her. That is when the dragon rears its ugly head and attacks Thor! They duke it out, but eventually the dragon flees – oh, and Sigurd gets the job! This issue also has some little “meanwhile” stories: Thor goes into the Avengers Mansion for a strange mission, Odin sends his 2 ravens off to find the source of Beta Ray Bill’s demons, the “doom pounder” calls someone to search out the 2nd son of Odin and a troubled Baldur leaves on a solitary mission. Whew – busy!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – After the very cool Beta Ray Bill story arc, this one was a little bit of a let down – especially with an angry talking dragon.
  • Art: 4 stars – Very good art by Mr. Simonson yet again! The big panels are especially good!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – The start of a new story arc usually means setting up the back story, which is kind of what happened here. Plus, the dragon thing really did feel like a Godzilla rip off.

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